Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper
Star rating: ★★★☆ ☆ 3/5 stars
Format: library eaudiobook
Summary: Avery Roe is next in line to be the island witch, her mother wants to keep her from this path and has kept Avery from the grandmother who can teach her how to be the witch. When Avery has a premonition about her death, getting to her grandmother becomes an even bigger priority than before.
Review: This had a promising beginning, I was really invested with Avery’s story in the beginning. But slowly I started to lose interest in her and her problems. It grew to be too long for me, I felt like it was going on circles.
I like Avery at first but as it goes on she becomes kind of pitiful. She’s really only nice to two people and the first one leaves pretty soon into the book. She wants to be the witch of the island whose job is to help the island with magic but I feel like she doesn’t care for the people themselves. Helping them isn’t really a motivator for her.
I didn’t like how magic worked in this universe either. Like I’m all for all magic comes at a price, but the fact that the Roe witches basically rot from the inside out just put me off. If that’s the price they pay then I don’t understand why they would do it in the first place, especially when there is next to no reward for them. They live in squalor, isolation and are basically miserable be sure they have to go through a terrible heartbreak to even access their magic. On the same topic, I did not believe that Avery’s mother’s heartbreak was due to Avery herself. Like bitch if you actually paid attention to your daughter at all maybe she wouldn’t reject you. It was so absurd to me that the reader was expected to believe this.
The book quickly goes from a book about a girl struggling how to learn on her own how to use her magic and to prevent her death to a romance. This is where I felt the book started going in circles. It was just the same over and over about Avery’s dream, Tane’s family and trying to discover how to use her magic and failing. No one is particularly nice to each other in this book, excepting Tane to Avery. But Avery is nasty to her mother and her mother is equally mean, Avery ‘s grandmother rejects her in her time of need and berated a girl with zero magic knowledge for not being able to break her mother’s curse. It was just a bunch of toxic people and I couldn’t find myself rooting for anyone.
Recommendation: There are a few interesting aspects to this story but it definitely is not my favorite witch story. I’d read something else such as The Witch of Willow Hall of you want a historical fiction witch book.
2019 Popsugar Challenge Prompt: A book with a title that contains “salty,” “sweet,” “bitter,” or “spicy”